The top-rated movies of all time
Whether because of its emotional stories, its technical richness or cultural impact, cinema has become one of the art forms that has the greatest presence and relevance in our daily lives. Its constant evolution had an invaluable impact not only on the art world, but also on the lives of all who have ever enjoyed a movie.
Among the millions of titles that exist, there are 5 films that are positioned as the top-rated movies of all time by the critics of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
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5. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
Taking its name from pulp literature, this film tells a criminal story that consolidates the style that director Quentin Tarantino had been developing since his first film, Reservoir Dogs (1992).
The combination of its fragmented narrative, superb dialogues and charismatic characters results in the powerful scenes of violence that become Pulp Fiction a part of universal pop culture due to its many iconic scenes.
Quentin Tarantino‘s masterpiece was the first film to deserve an Oscar in 1995 for best original screenplay and is also a great tribute to all the films from which the director is inspired.
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003)
The adaptation of the top-notch work of the English writer J. R. R. Tolkien was the culmination of an ambitious cinematographic project that began in 1997.
Filmed at the same time as its two predecessors, this film was made by one of the biggest teams in the history of cinema, resulting in a trilogy with a duration of more than 10 hours in its extended versions.
The ambition and dedication poured into this film resulted in a work full of technical and thematic beauty, becoming Peter Jackson one of the most respected directors and positioning the genre of epic fantasy at the height of the best cinematographic productions.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning in all the categories and turning the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings into the film franchise with the highest number of nominations in history.
3. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight was the first movie based on a comic book to reach the one-billion-dollar mark in profits around the world, surpassing in its opening week the total earnings of Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, 2005).
It was one of the first superhero movies to address deeper issues such as morality, ethics and justice, becoming a fundamental part of the success that other films of the genre achieved later.
The Dark Knight excels in the brilliant construction of the Joker character, played by Heath Ledger, whose ability to improve the version of Jack Nicholson in Batman (Tim Burton, 1989) was put in doubt from the beginning. To get ready for the role, Ledger stayed in a hotel room for 6 months, an experience that helped to immerse himself in the character’s psyche and thus develop its physical and mental characteristics.
The film got 8 nominations at the 2009 Oscars and the award for best-supporting actor for Heath Ledger, who died at the date of the ceremony, leaving one of the best performances in the history of cinema as a legacy.
2. The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972/1974)
Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola created not only one, but two masterpieces of cinema.
The two films are an adaptation of the novel The Godfather, written by Mario Puzo. With a top-notch cast, including Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, The Godfather films stand out as the most powerful examples of meaning and symbolism in cinema.
In addition to reinventing the gangster genre, The Godfather films offer an impeccable story and exemplary character development. Countless references to dialogues and scenes from these films have sneaked into popular culture, in addition to directly inspiring other classic productions such as Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990) and The Sopranos (David Chase, 1999-2007).
The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II become classics that cannot be out of the lists of the best films ever. Both have been awarded the Oscar for best movie, and have been nominated in more than 20 categories.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
Based on the novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by the prolific author Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption was the directorial debut of Frank Darabont. The film forged an alliance between the director and the author that would lead them to the production of The Green Mile (Frank Darabont, 1999), also based on a story by King.
The film addresses topics of great philosophical and emotional value such as justice, hope and self-determination, through an exploration of the experience within prison and the impact it has on the perspective of life. The manage of cameras and the voiceover as a narrative resource add a technical richness that ends up raising The Shawshank Redemption to the top spot in the list of the best rated movies.
Although at first The Shawshank Redemption wasn’t well received by critics, time has made it one of the most acclaimed films in history. The film got 7 nominations at the 1994 Oscars, including the categories of best movie and best actor for Morgan Freeman, and it will be remembered forever as one of the most valuable proposals in the cinema industry.